Aretha Franklin dies at 76: Remembering the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin dies at 76: Remembering the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin dies at 76: Remembering the Queen of Soul

Within the breath of her image, her signature syncopation, her mannerisms, and most importantly her expressed kindness, Franklin became one of the leading figures in 20th century American culture, even in quietest of moments. With a distinct voice that set her apart from her contemporaries and the many that attempted to follow in her footsteps, Aretha Franklin's music has formed a part of some of our most tender memories. She sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the 1993 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Alicia Keys? "Young performer, good writer, producer". "In her prime, Aretha's voice took listeners to a place that few other artists' voices could take them", Carpenter said.

Behold the response in GIF form.

She was originally scheduled to perform on her 76th birthday in March in Newark and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April.

That same year, Aretha serenaded Swift, who really was not worthy.

""Lady Soul" (1968): Another towering achievement, from the accusatory "Chain of Fools" to the sensual "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

Aretha Franklin was the greatest popular singer of the rock era.

"When Aretha Franklin sat at the piano and sang the blues, the audience at the Village Vanguard erupted into applause", Billboard wrote in a review of her debut NY performance. "She was really important to our community and it's a great loss".

A 28-year-old woman who gave her name only as Bianca was taking photographs with her family nearby.

Franklin also recorded several Broadway songs, including "What I Did For Love" from A Chorus Line, only available on the LP Sweet Passion.

"Thank you Aretha Franklin for getting me through tough days", Twitter user, Pablo, said. She would perform for the Obamas more times, notably bringing Barack Obama to tears at the Kennedy Centre Honours in 2015.

"She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music", the statement, which also included Hillary Clinton, said.

In February of 2017, Franklin announced that she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts.

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